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Dec 15, 2011 5:00pm EST
at 9:00 and a number two tomorrow morning on c-span-3. next up, hearing looking and syria. over 5000 people have died in syria, including 300 children, as protests and violent clashes continued. the united nations human rights council says syria should be investigated by the international criminal court. >> the subcommittee will come to order. as has been well documented, the human rights being -- human rights violations being perpetrated in damascus are horrifying. we have documented some of the rest of calling him widespread human rights abuses witnessed in -- some of the of the most appalling and widespread human rights abuses witnessed in the past decade. abuse, murder, sexual violence, torture, and the abuse and murder of children. witnesses report the torture, abuse and rape of children no more than 15. one military defector stated that he decided to defect after witnessing the shooting of a 2- year-old girl by an officer who affirmed that he did not want her to grow into a demonstrator. the english language does not have words strong enough to adequately condemn the horrifying
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Dec 23, 2011 2:00pm EST
between turkey and saudi arabia and the stakes in iran of the current government in syria falls apart. this is about 90 minutes. good afternoon. i run the middle east program at the woodrow wilson international center for scholars. welcome to today's meeting and knees or allies in the new middle east -- turkey, iran, and saudi arabia. this meeting is part of an ongoing series of meetings we have had for a whole year since the beginning of the revolution in tunisia, egypt, libya, and yemen and also the ongoing events in syria and bahrain. our speakers today include a senior scholar at the woodrow wilson center and former cairo bureau chief for the washington post. we have the biographies of the speakers distributed, so i will be very brief. david's last paper as part of our occasional paper series was saudi arabia in that shadow of the arab revolt. we have a few copies still left. i would urge you to pick one on your way out. our second speaker is a former fellow at the wilson center. he is a professor of international relations at lehigh university. i just received a copy of his lates
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2011 8:00pm EST
. the iran threat reduction act and iran-north korea-syria reform and modernization act and i urge my colleagues to vote yes on both. we know from history that ignoring the threats of leaders, ignoring their building up of capabilities to threaten the rest of the world, is done so at great peril and at great cost. . i urge my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. kucinich: could i ask how much time all parties have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio has 93/4 minutes. the gentleman from california has six minutes. and the gentlelady from florida has 3 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. kucinich: i ask unanimous consent to include in the record an article from "arms control association" which states that the i.a.e.a. board resolution avoided direct censure of iran and did not declare iran to be in noncompliance with its activities. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. my mr. kucinich: my friend from oregon mentioned the question of oil
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Dec 4, 2011 6:30pm EST
by some dark ones a discredited regime is still a of violently clinging to power in syria though the pressure against it is increasing dramatically each day. i want to condemn in the strongest possible terms the assad regime's murder and torture of children that the u.n. reported this week in geneva. , buts conduct --assad's has brought scorn, pressure, and punishing sanctions not just by the united states and europe but now by the arab league and turkey as well. in addition, the continued to drive has developed nuclear capabilities. this includes troubling enrichment activities and past work on what position that has now been documented by the iaea and it's continued support for groups like hezbollah, hamas, and other terrorist organizations, makes clear that tehran is a grave threat to all of us. all of this upheaval is posing new challenges for israel regarding its security and position in the region. in this time of understandable anxiety, i would like to underscore one thing that has stayed constant the past three years of this administration -- the determination of the unit
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2011 1:00am EST
for you on the region. in syria you have called for president assaad to step down over the killings of his people, but prime minister maliki has warned that that could lead to civil war that could destabilize the whole region. do you think they could be speaking of iran's influence in this area. speaking of iran, do you think it will be able to weaken the u.s. intelligence because of information from the drone. prime minister, why haven't you demanded that assaad step down given the slaughter of his people? >> first of all, the prime minister and i discussed syria. we share the view that when the syrian people are being killed, or are unable to express themselves, that is a problem. there's no disagreement there. i have expressed my outrage in how the syrian regime has been operating. i do believe that president assaad missed an opportunity to reform his government. he chose the path of repression and has continued to engage in repressive tactics, so that his credibility, his capacity to regain legitimacy in syria is deeply eroded. it is not an easy situation. i expressed to prime minister
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2011 2:00am EST
, syria? >> i am not quite sure that i understand the logic of the question. i think frankly that our diplomatic position with iran is such that what we do or do not do in libya it is unlikely to significantly affected. i do not think it it -- that it affects our position with syria at all. syria is a very different situation from libya, as the foreign secretary has made clear. >> to you not think that the russian and chinese vetoes on various resolutions in relation to, for example, syria and possibly iran, were caused by the activities of nato in libya? >> i have to say that i think that is a question for the foreign secretary. >> the foreign secretary is not here. >> that has not occurred to me as a logic for the russian and chinese position in syria. >> i thought i was what they expressly stated, but i will leave that with you. >> the following from mrs. moon's question, surly you except that -- i say this is someone who has spoken voted in favor of the action -- are blatant targeting of only one side or the other is what has driven the russians and chinese to say, we are not agai
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2011 12:00pm EST
with the ap. >> thank you, mr. president, and mr. prime minister. in syria, you call for president assad to step down for the killing of its people, but prime minister maliki has warned that it could lead to a civil war that could destabilize the whole region. i wonder if you think that iraq is succumbing to iran's influence on this matter. speaking of iran, do you think it will weaken american national's pretty by discovering intelligence from the -- national security by discovering intelligence from tehe drone it has captured? prime minister, why have you not call for assad to step down for the slaughter of his people. >> the prime minister and i have discussed syria, and we should be that when this year in people being killed and are unable to express themselves, that is a problem. there is no disagreement there. i have expressed my outrage in how the syrian regime has been operating. i do believe that president assad missed an opportunity to reform his government, it chose the path of repression, and has continued to engage in repressive tactics. his capacity to regain legitimacy ins
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2011 8:00pm EST
questions for you on the region. in syria, you have called for president assad to step down over the killing of his people, but prime minister maliki has warned that assad's removal could lead to a civil war that could destabilize the whole region. i'm wondering if you're worried that iraq could be succumbing to iran's influence on this matter and perhaps helping to protect assad. and speaking of iran, are you concerned that it will be able to weaken america's national security by discovering intelligence from the fallen drone that it captured? prime minister maliki, i'd like to ask you the question about syria. why haven't you demanded that assad step down, given the slaughter of his people? >> first of all, the prime minister and i discussed syria, and we share the view that when the syrian people are being killed or are unable to express themselves, that's a problem. there's no disagreement there. i have expressed my outrage in how the syrian regime has been operating. i do believe that president assad missed an opportunity to reform his government, chose the path of repression, and has c
CSPAN
Dec 21, 2011 8:00pm EST
it when it gets here. >> all right. and on syria, what do additional steps to pressure the assad regime mean? what are you talking about there specifically? >> the fact is -- of the matter is that we have throughout this process worked both unilaterally and collectively to increase pressure and isolation on the assad regime. what you've seen is a continuation of horrific acts of violence, needless violence, against the syrian people. and it's clear that every metric shows the situation is moving against assad. defections of the military are on the rise. diplomats have begun leaving their posts and coming out in support of the syrian opposition. the opposition is more unified and more inclusive. the regime has been cut off by the arab league, by its traditional allies and neighbors like turkey, and the regime is under increasing financial duress due to international sanctions and weak domestic economic policies. it is only a matter of time before this regime comes to an end. only fear is holding it together, and governing that is based on fear is always doomed to fail. >> are you talking
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2011 6:00am EST
why we saw what happened in libya and what is unfolding right now in syria? it did not exactly stick to the model. this in turn gets you into a variety of factors that have to do with the nature of society, the demography, sectarian divide, leadership, past experiences, and willingness to use force to suppress and kill their own people, which clearly the military who worked for mubarak were not prepared to do. we are seeing a very different side of things in syria. i would be a little wary about trying to computerized assessments of how leaders and political elites would respond to a large crowds. >> in general, it seems to me -- peter's cautions are well-taken, but what strikes me when i did this work looking at the various agencies, there is surprisingly little use of dematha and technology now in most intelligence analysis -- method and technology. there is data that is available, not definitive, but if you are trying to see patterns, and cover old patterns, remember hypotheses you have forgotten, making much more use of methods and computers is important, but it does not give you
CSPAN
Dec 21, 2011 5:00pm EST
of the international community, the nation's are joining the call for syria to stop this atrocious behavior. >> the president will stay in town to sign the omnibus but he said it is up to the speaker to make the next move. what is the president's next move? will he join his family in a y.a.? >> i do not have any scheduling updates. we are in a fluid situation. the president made clear in his call earlier today as i made clear in the readout. the action that must be taken, the house needs to take up the senate bill. it was supported by an overwhelming percentage of republicans and democrats. >> he has no intention of negotiating? >> the negotiation has happened already. it is not as i just explained. it is not at all the case that this is the president saying here is what what what and do it. this was a compromise worked out by the republican leader in the senate with the democratic leader, with the approval, even the instigation of the speaker of the house. quex the president has won this battle politically, " the the washington post said. the economy -- most economists are saying will suff
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2011 8:00pm EST
clinging to power in syria. though the pressure against it is increasing dramatically each day. i want to condemn in the strongest possible termsthe assad regime's murder and torture of children that the un reported this week in geneva. deservedlyduct has brought scorn and pressure and punishing sanctions, not just by the united states and europe, but now by the arab league and turkey as well. continuedn,iran's drive to develop nuclear capabilities including troubling enrichment activities and past work on what the position that has now been documented by the iaea and its continued support to groups like hezbollah, hamas, and other terrorist organizations make clear that the regime in tehran remains a very grave threat for all of us. all this of people, all of this of people -- of people -- upheavel is causing new challenges for israel in the region very in this time of understandable anxiety, i would like to underscore one thing -- that has stayed constant over the past three years of this administration -- the determination of the united states to safeguard israel's security and that
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2011 1:00am EST
to stop them early than to stop them late. [applause] on syria, the policy of the nine states should be to replace the assad regime. we should do everything we can call verbally to help the dissident rebel and help them defeat the assad government. it is a dictatorship of very small minority in a country that is largely sunni. it would be a significant blow to iran to lose syria and to lose assad. it is worth the risk. to break up the iranian relationship. >> i am a student at rutgers university in new jersey. i would like to ask about people who have concerns about your elect ability, they tend to focus not on your congressional record but were on the accusations of past ethics violations. how would you answer that in the scheme of its electability? >> i think nancy pelosi has done a lot to answer it in the last few days. the democrats filed 84 charges against me. 83 were dismissed. the only one that arrive was the fact that my lawyers had written a letter inaccurately and i signed it. the democrats refuse to compromise on that. she was one of the three democrats in the process of r
CSPAN
Dec 21, 2011 1:00pm EST
. >> there were reports of five iranian engineers captured in syria working on a power plant. with the statement that he shared earlier today, you said you are condemning items of the syrian regime and calling for them to band against the regime. have you been speaking to your allies in the region to take stronger action against syria? especially with the iranians now in the country, it seems like things are wrapping up there. -- ramping up there. >> i would say with regard to syria, we have ratcheted up pressure on syria. you have seen the united states working with our partners, working with our allies, participating in an effort that has increased international isolation of syria. the steps we have taken have been pa pa all in one direction, if you will, which is to put pressure on syria, to make sure has lost control of his regime, to call on him to cease the violence and to begin a democratic transition in that country. we will continue to take the steps to pressure the regime to stop the crackdown. as we have seen by the reporting and by the international condemnation of what is happening
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2011 7:00am EST
, but it is very mindful of what iranian interests are. you see this in arab league of los about syria where the iraqis have voted against and abstain from putting sanctions on syria. there is a lot of concern that the influence will increase. my worry is that there will be a lot more violence. the saudis have been funding the groups and we may seek -- violence has never stopped in iraq. there have been explosions and suicide bombers, all that has continued. the question is whether the iraqi state will be strong enough to withstand these kinds of attacks and whether the iranians will exercise a somewhat lighter hand in iraq. syria is very important to this. if bashar al-assad goes down, they will need this iraq connection even more. we have given them a substitute for syria in a way by getting rid of saddam hussein. host: next call is from boca raton, florida. caller: i have the pleasure of speaking with you about a year or so ago. his calculus was that if they did develop a nuclear weapon, they would then wipe out israel. they also threatened the united states and europe. if israel did reta
CSPAN
Dec 3, 2011 10:25pm EST
and to disseminate. there are so many times in the middle east where something is happening in syria, journalists are not allowed to get in, a military attack on a small village, i can get on twitter and message the people that follow me. within seconds, i will say -- i would get a number or a contact. i will get that information and do that journalism part, verify, report, and use the same technology used to get the information to disseminated to the public. this is become a two-way street. i would never have been able to get that content from my sources, but i was not able to disseminate without that same technology. >> so, again, you put out a tweed. -- tweet. what is the future of journalism? >> i think the constant thing that i got was not being told. media should not be beholden to the interest of the few that define the rundown, so to speak. it is all about your involvement and your engagement. people want to be able to understand what is happening. they do not want to be told information. they want to be involved in the knowledge process and the analysis of that information. >> can go the
CSPAN
Dec 20, 2011 1:00am EST
and also the ongoing events in syria. and bahrain. our speakers today are david ottaway, he is a senior scholar at the woodrow wilson center and the former cairo euro chief -- chief for the washington post. i will be brief. david, the last paper, as part of our occasional series, was saudi arabia in the shadow of the arab revolt. we have a few copies left outside. we urge you to take one on your way out. our second speaker is a former fellow at the wilson center. he is a professor of international relations at the university. i just received a copy of his latest book, "iraq: its neighbors." witchy added. -- which he edited. our next speaker is the president of the national iranian-american consul. the former public policy scholar at the wilson center in on his upcoming book, a single roll of the dice. it will come out in the new year. we have planned a book talk for mr. parsi in february. i think i will stop here and ask each of our speakers to speak for 15 minutes so we have enough time for a discussion. there is overflow in the fourth floor. we will take questions in writing. david, y
CSPAN
Dec 3, 2011 10:00am EST
is the boss. >> as you may know, [unintelligible] the play a nato force of the coast of syria. population reduction. . . because he is the one person i know of in the u.s. government who was committed to such a war. his own military has gone to him and warned him do not attack syria or iran. would you take action through impeachment or the amendment or a person plinl unstable? >> the question is would i encourage to do that if i ap dotted your premise the answer would by hope i would have the courage to do so. i don't adopt your premise. i think your premise is dead wrong. i think president obama has no intent to go to war either with syria or iran. i will tell you, however, that i believe that iran is a very, very dangerous entity in today's world. it is head bid mr. ahmadinajed who has made it very clear that he wish it is destruction of israel, destruction of some of his neighbors in the middle east and destruction of america. and he is seeking nuclear weapons. the entire world is concerned about that not just president obama the united nations is concerned about that effort by mr. ahm
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2011 10:00am EST
and syria, we established diplomatic relationships with president assad and called him a reformer. we still have our embassy there. despite all decries to remove him, we have sat on the sidelines and done nothing and said, we would like to see him leave. it is like stealing out -- fill ing out your bracket for the ncaa. this president, for every radical islamist, he has had nothing but appeasement. we saw that during the lead up to world war ii, appeasement. we saw that if you can just open up and negotiate with people, somehow this will work. ladies and gentlemen, learn from history, not just the history of world war ii. but the thousand year history before that. we need a president that will stand up to beat american public and talk about what is at stake. what is at stake is clear when you look at the situation development -- developments in iran. iran is on the precipice of developing a nuclear weapon. we need someone in the executive office and the oval office who has the courage of their convictions, who has the experience and the will to stand up and do what is right, to confront thi
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2011 2:00am EST
time in the near future is a change in syria. iran has really only two allies left, syria and hezbollah. when assad steps aside which he most under doubtedly will do, iran will lose one of its last proxies in the world. and it will further focus the attention of the international community on what has to occur here and create some differing political circumstances that i think will help us to further isolate iran and make it pay a price for its illicit activities. >> thank you. >> senator casey, thank you. let me just say, i think we in the congress have a difference of opinion about a particular st step. but i want to assure my friend and colleague that on the issue of urgency i can attest that i can't think of any issue that is concentrating the minds of the administration right now more than this or at any other time. yesterday i was at the white house in a meeting about this technique topic. i know that the secretary of state and state department are as focused on it as can be. i don't think anybody has tphan illusions about the time frame or urgency. there may be differences about
CSPAN
Dec 2, 2011 1:00am EST
're abusing their own people. they are supporting syria's efforts on the abuse of the people of syria, and the list goes on and on. we have the international referee in nuclear proliferation has judged that iran is proceeding with a nuclear weapon. they point out that what they are doing would be inconsistent with anything but a nuclear weapon. we know that we are in an extremely dangerous situation, which brings us to timing. i just want to underscore, on both sides of the aisle, we appreciate the leadership of the obama administration in reaching out to the international community and getting more support for sanctions than we have had in the past. that is extremely important. but it starts with u.s. leadership. we have seen over and over again that without the united states stepping forward, the international community is slow and in many cases will not act at all. so, dealing with the central bank of iran, your own reports showed that they are money- laundering. they are assisting the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and they are assisting terrorism. we have cut off relations wit
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Dec 26, 2011 7:00am EST
east tyranny and terrorism died in 2011, payful protest proved more powerful. fear is dead in syria for good. that's the viewer's thoughts on what significant deaths happened in the year 2011. we have governor of carey of new york. former senate mark hatfield of oregon. general john shalikashvili. betty ford, two secretaries of state. the first, lawrence eagleburger, and warren christopher. in between there, we have geraldine ferraro and sargent shriver. ok, i know you are very involved with the ford leg sifment you were a eulogist at her funeral. can you talk about whether or not her legacy is a lasting one. guest: oh, i think so. i think so. i think there are so many ways of looking at mrs. ford's legacy. in some ways, she's a very unusual figure among first ladies. arguably her impact was greater after she left the white house, although you cannot, you cannot exaggerate the significance of her openness at the time of her breast cancer surgery. it is hard to believe it today, but those are words not used in polite conversation 40 years ago. with the consequence that many women wer
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2011 12:00pm EST
by some dark ones. a discredited regime is still violently clinging to power in syria. though the pressure against it is increasing dramatically each day. i want to condemn in the strongest possible termsthe assad regime's murder and torture of children that the un reported this week in geneva. conduct has deservedly brought scorn and pressure and punishing sanctions, not just by the united states and europe, but now by the arab league and turkey as well. continuedn,iran's drive to develop nuclear capabilities including troubling enrichment activities and past work on what the position that has now been documented by the iaea and its continued support to groups like hezbollah, hamas, and other terrorist organizations make clear that the regime in tehran remains a very grave threat for all of us. all this of people, all of this of people -- of people -- upheavel is causing new challenges for israel in the region very in this time of understandable anxiety, i would like to underscore one thing -- that has stayed constant over the past three years of this administration -- the determination o
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Dec 11, 2011 6:00am EST
visited roughly 50 countries, including pakistan, india, yemen, libya, syria, iraq and iran. between him and his wife janis, his family has been connected with the armed forces since 1918. i would like to acknowledge the presence of mr. melvin bledsoe who is seated directly behind mr. long. he testified this year. he is the father of carlos bledsoe who has been convicted of murdering mr. long's son. mr. bledsoe's presence here and in support of mr. long is a testament to how two fathers stand together in the fight against violent islamist extremism. thank you for being here today, thank you for your testimony back in march. now i am privileged to recognize mr. long for his opening statement. >> chairman, ranking member thompson, distinguished members of congress, since my son's death, my view of things have changed. i've lane awake to my life's night maver when she relives being 50 feet away while andy and quentin are shot. i was a career marine. my wife served in the navy, was honor bli discharged. our family has served various military branches since world war i. we have one son who se
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Dec 27, 2011 7:00am EST
" this morning. also, "the washington post" has the story about the violence escalating in syria. an update on the situation in syria, as well. one last phone call in here. a democrat in silver spring, go ahead. what is your confidence level? caller: i think it will go from 2% growth to 3% economic growth. host: what gives you that confidence? caller: everybody is moving along. this is going to put itself together slowly, gradually. i forgot what my point was. host: can you think of it, and gregory? we will leave it there. he says he has confidence in the economy. coming up, nick gillespie joins us to talk about libertarians in campaign 2012. we will be right back. ♪ >> with the iowa caucuses next week and new hampshire primaries later in the month, a c-span series "the contenders" looks back at 14 candidates who ran for president and lost, but had a lasting impact on american politics. tonight, adlai stevenson. wednesday, barry goldwater. thursday, hubert humphrey. saturday, george mcgovern, followed by billionaire businessman ross perot. >> middle and high school students, for this year
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Dec 7, 2011 7:00am EST
was important for a advancing u.s. policy goals. he is the ambassador to syria recalled in october but he is now returning to syria. according to this article. from the hill, a gop senator says that support for a obama or ran's policy has collapsed. -- obama iran policy has collapsed. that is from the hill. this is from the "wall street journal." the top military commander in afghanistan is privately recommending staving off new u.s. troop reductions until 2014, a position that could put him at odds with a white house eager to wind down the 10-year- old war. again, that is in the kit you will street journal." back to your calls on the president's speech in kansas yesterday. we're going to go to ron in illinois. under $50,000 is what ron makes. you are on the "washington journal." what did you think of the president's speech? caller: it is the most articulate man that has held that office since the 1980's. i have not missed an election since i was eligible to vote. this man, i'm more proud of than any president we have had. saying that, i've never been ashamed of what goes on in washington than i
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Dec 7, 2011 1:00am EST
and the world is focusing much on what is going on in syria at the moment, and prior that that project prior to that libya and in egypt and so on. has this been a good thing for the palestinian cause or has it created expectations that cannot be met? >> our situation is different compared to the arab countries. first of all, we are still technically, effectively under israeli occupation. we can i brag that we have a state -- we cannot brag that we have a state so that our leaders will fight until death to stay in power, you know. we do not have that power to fight over it. therefore our struggle is with the israeli occupation. we do not have an internal -- internally, the palestinian people are focused on ending the israeli military occupation because this is our main objective. having said that, we said clearly that we are always on the side of the people's. and whatever error people choose in terms of their future regimes and governments, we are in support of the arab masses, because we the palestinians started popular uprisings against israeli in 1967 and 2000, and the arab people look up
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Dec 6, 2011 1:00pm EST
is focused on what's going on in syria and prior to that libya and egypt and so on. has this been a good thing for the palestinian cause or has it created expectations that cannot be met and so forth? can you talk about that? >> our situation is different compared to the arab countries. first of all, we are still technically effectively under israeli military occupation. we cannot brag we have a government, we have a regime so that our leaders will fight until death to stay in power. i mean, we don't have that power to fight over it. and therefore our struggle is with the israeli occupation. we don't have an internal -- i mean, internally the palestinian people are focused on ending the israeli military occupation because this is our main objective. having said that, we said really that we were always on the side of the people. and whatever arab people choose in terms of their future regimes, future governments, we are in support of the arab masses because we, the palestinians, started popular uprising against israel in 1987, in 2000 and the arab people looked up at us in order to be ins
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Dec 15, 2011 10:00am EST
that supports free speech. we all know what happens when citizens challenge their government in syria, iran, and libya and other repressive countries. the prime minister clearly laid out his concerns for the middle east, support for a two-state solution, and a clear and unequivocal message against iran's nuclear weapons development, and following his speech the joint session of congress gave the prime minister a closing standing ovation. now, recently new york sometimes columnist, thomas friedman, commented on congress' response to the prime minister. he said, and i quote, i sure hope that israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, understands that the standing ovation he got in congress this year was not for his politics. that standing ovation was bought and paid for by the israel lobby. now, madam speaker, i don't know if mr. friedman was in the chamber at the time and i do know know if he interviewed members of congress following the prime minister's speech. i certainly know he did not speak with me nor many of my colleagues, before he came to this wrong conclusion. so for the record i
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Dec 22, 2011 1:00pm EST
and others because israel had serious disagreements with russia over russian militant support of syria, iran, hamas. and lieberman came to moscow to try to persuade russia to change seriously question positions of all of these issues of great importance to israel. lieberman made a calculation that as he was negotiating with russia on matters of great importance to israel, that would not be the best time for him to criticize russian government domestic policies. during last 20 years, we came to a very different conclusion. we came to a conclusion at the end of the cold war, we should tell how everybody -- how they can conduct their affairs and we can do it without negative impact on u.s. interests and u.s. ability to do things that are very important to us, like russian support of iran, like continued supplies across russia. afghanistan could really does affect american security and lives. whether it we should be able to have our cake and eat it too, it is very difficult to make a decision. but they do believe -- when american interests and values are in conflict, and it also believe that doi
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Dec 26, 2011 1:10pm EST
what happened in libya, and more importantly, what is unfolding now in syria? they did not exactly stick to the model. this gets you into a variety of factors that have to do with the nature of society, demography's, sectarian divide, leadership, their past experiences, and most important, their willingness to use force to suppress and kill their own people, which clearly the military that worked for mr. mubarak did not want to do. we're seeing a different side of things in syria. i would be a bit weary of trying to the price assessments of how leaders and political elites would respond to larger crowds. greg? cautions are well taken. what strikes me when i did this work looking about the agencies, there are surprisingly little uses of methods and technology in most intelligence analysis. computers can be used for search, not much beyond that, but there is data that is available, not definitive, but if you are trying to see patterns come out and cover all patterns, remember old patterns, remember hypotheses you have forgotten, making much more use of at it and computers i think is
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Dec 24, 2011 7:00am EST
news, the financial times about that blast in syria killing 44. it tore through the building of security agencies engaged in a crackdown of the pro-democracy movement. fears that the conflict is entering a bloodier phase. "washington post" about the new leader in north korea. there are risks in leaders still developing. so look at the newest leader in north korea. we have about 10 minutes left here. getting your take on political videos and whether or not the influence of thinking. john is a republican in ohio. caller: happy holidays to everybody. host: good morning. caller: i live in a state where the ads are just pounding. no, they do not influence me. look, the republicans, the policy game is how can i show the next man up? everyone knows that some are honest and a lot of them are not. and the candidates that we have on my side, none of them are no good. michele bachmann is not going to win. mitt romney is not going to win because you can tell, mitt romney, he looks like a president but he just wants it so bad, but he is not going to beat obama. everyone in america knows t
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2011 7:00am EST
have been living apart for months. turning to international news, syria's state run news agency announced the release of detained dissidents arrested in the past nine months. the agency said 755 prisoners have been freed but none with, in their words, blood on their hands. it comes as an arab league observer team is in the country. in yemen, hundreds of government employees walked off the job in a spreading strike over alleged corruption linked to the country's outgoing president. the employees are rallying to demand reform and the firing of top managers. corruption was one of the grievances that prompted mass protests against president saleh. those are just some of the latest headlines. >> middle and high school students, for this year's studentcam video competition, we want to tell you -- you want -- we want you to tell us which part of the u.s. constitution is important to you. get the documentary to c-span by january 20, 2012, for your chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. and there is $50,000 in total prize is. it is open to students grade 6- 12. for details, go to stude
CSPAN
Dec 14, 2011 5:00pm EST
persons who transfer to iran, north korea, and syria certain goods, services or technology and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 415, the nays are two. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are -- the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 416, the nays are two. 2/3 -- the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 417, the nays are two. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- the rules are suspended -- the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 418 and the nays are 2. the bill is pas
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Dec 19, 2011 2:00am EST
's been on display towards israel. you combine that with the kerks that teheran has with damascus in syria and support for hamas and hetz bow la. and i say we've got you on a very lethal combination of elements that are playing out here. so as for me, i say the leadership in iran has already decided to go nuclear. i say they've looked at the world, they've looked at north korea and they said they're a nuclear power, maybe a handful of crude devices. they're really out of reach for most people. and they look at libya, which had a program they gave up in exchange for international friendships and alliances. look what happened there. and i think in teheran they're saying, we want the -- we want the leverage and the stature that being a nuclear power will bring. so we have to ask ourselves a central question -- can you live with a nuclear iran. if the answer is question yes, i think you'll have to look at the dramatic proliferation implications, including saudi arabia going nuclear. turkey, likely going nuclear. egypt, although we don't know what the leadership structure is going to look like
CSPAN
Dec 21, 2011 10:00am EST
of nations are joining the call for syria to stop this atrocious behavior. >> clearly the president will state in town to sign, but said it is up to the speaker to make the next move. what is the president's next move? will he join his family in hawaii? >> i do not have any updates to give you. he made clear in his call to the speaker earlier today that that action that must be taken is the house needs to take up the senate bill that was supported by an overwhelming support of senate the democrats and pass it to make sure taxes do not go up. the negotiating has happened already. as i just explained, it is not at all the case that this is simply the president saying here is what i want and do it. this is a compromise worked out by the republican leader in the senate with the democratic leader in the senate, with the approval and instigation of the leader of the house. >> "the wall street journal" opines that the president has won this battle. if the payroll tax cut is not extended, the economy most economists able supper. how concerned is the white house that it does not get extended
CSPAN
Dec 25, 2011 3:45pm EST
interviewed a fair number of hezbollah extremists and extremists on the syria-iraq border, as well, and i used to ask them why they would join, and they would give me some sort of religious and ideological example, and when i started with when they were born, i realized it had nothing to do with political ideology but much simpler grievances, and the only to prove that is to look across multiple contexts, so i started to travel to south america to talk to gang members and to travel to colombia to talk to former farc. >> what similarities? >> it is amazing how much root causes are centered around isolation, alienation, broken homes, being picked on at school, not having alternatives. every young person experiences something happening that lead them to feel isolated and alienated, but what is interesting is when you want at how they went through it. how they met someone by chance on the street that took them to this mosque, where they played football with these three kids that started taking them into a back alley, and you realize how much chance and circumstance plays into this, and i think the
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2011 10:00am EST
with libya. plans are being made to go into syria. they did not ask for designation there. congress should act on their own responsibilities. >> this is julio. >> i am here in chicago. always great to speak with you. i studied broadcasting in college, just to see the lack of a journalistic integrity from small-time logbloggers. chris wallace of fox news saying if ron paul were to win the iowa caucus -- i hope people truly do their own research. turn off the tv and do their own research on candidates. it is clear by the way they have been attacking you, congressman paul, there's no journalistic integrity through the media. in terms of the economic war -- i'm 22 years old and investing in silver. i did research on john f. kennedy's executive order and when you talk about going back to the gold standard -- but the price of gold per ounce. silver, $30 an ounce. how can we get our currency back to where was? >> you cannot too quickly and less people change their minds about what the role of government should be. you can use gold and silver as legal tender. you cannot police the world. we cannot
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2011 1:00pm EST
there are plans right now to spread into syria and how soon can we start bombing iran? that is very precarious. so we now have a system where our personal liberties are not being protected and there could be problems in the street. we have had some indication that people are speaking out and they have every right to and they should, whether it is the tea party movement are the occupy movement. they're desperate because they are dissatisfied with the government and they're looking for answers. but we have to work our way out of this and respect to the honor and rule of law and respect individuals and protect everybody, not just certain people from all of these crimes. [applause] i talked a lot about the war's going on overseas. i did my best to try to stop them. i remember the first speech to give on the house floor about trying to stop something in iraq. it did not happen in 2001 or 2000. it happened in 1998. that is when they passed a bill that it is now our policy to have regime change in iraq and it would lead to war. we know what they're trying to do and we have to work our way out of it. that
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2011 7:00am EST
of protesters poured into streets across syria, braving a government onslaught of teargas and gunfire. the demonstrations marked a display of renewed vigor for opponents of president al assad, were eager to make their case during a visit by the arab league observers. next call, iowa, a democrat. caller: good morning to everybody and happy new year. i think we ought to start out the new year by letting everybody know that we would save hundreds of billions of dollars a year, according to the "financial times" and our congressional budget office if we would just go to ever -- medicare for everybody. the whole country would say all those billions that the ceo's are taking home and all the overhead that even up to 60% is what we are told by the "des moines register" a few days ago. i would like to correct the story that i told three months ago that said the afghanistan deal was over the oil in tajikistan. it is not. it is turkman a stand. the soviets wanted to take that oil down to the coast and over to india by pipeline, and i made a mistake when i phoned in about it before. host: thank
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2011 10:00am EST
. and it is not just iran. it is syria, spain, portugal, everywhere. there are financial problems no one can handle and no one seems to know how to handle. this whole republican thing in iowa, the caucuses, it is beside the point. there's too much else going on. host: here is the front page of the des moines register. there is a shot of michele bachmann signing a poster. they say the bachmann crowd was small. the campaign shows flagging momentum. she drew smaller crowds than other candidates in campaigns tops. ron paul defended foreign policy views like doing away with preemptive military attacks. then they point out that romney takes it outside. to the left of the small blurbs is a picture that is making news everywhere. it is newt gingrich dabbing at it here at an event friday, something we had live on c-span. one analyst says the previous candidates have paid a price for crying. newt gingrich had a terrible moment when he talked about his mentally ill mother and the kinds of -- his mentally ill mother. it is one of the things i could make or break a candidate. how ita quick look at played out ye
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Dec 18, 2011 2:00pm EST
that with the connection that tehran has with damascus in syria and support for hamas and hezbollah, and i say that we have a very lethal combination of elements that are playing out here. as for me, i say the leadership in iran has already decided to go nuclear. a think they have looked at the world. they have looked at north korea. they have said they are a nuclear power. they are really out of reach for most people. and they look at libya, which had a program that they gave up in exchange for international friendships and alliances. look at what happened there. i think tehran as saying we want the leverage and the stature that be a nuclear power will bring. so we have to ask ourselves a simple question. can you live with a nuclear iran? if the answer is yes, then you have to live with the dramatic proliferation implications, including saudi arabia, turkey, egypt, although we do not know what the leadership structure will look like there anytime soon, but it does look like the strong backbone of the egyptian military will go nuclear. at that point, you have lost control. that is an unsustainable position
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Dec 26, 2011 12:00am EST
the tough trips. i've heard from north korea, libya, syria, all the garden spots, afghanistan, iraq, more than i can count, but it was extremely useful travel and helped me do my job better. i think that's a very good question, and i think we have a culture sensitivity gap that's huge, and it's one that we should both recruit people in our government who bring those skills, including language skills, but also reach out to people living around the world, to learn from them how they perceive their own lives and how they perceive us. a little humility would go a long way. >> i think what i found remarkable, with all the things a president has, it's amazing how voracious they are as readers. it's extraordinary. i don't know where president clinton got the time to do it. i was exhausted at the end of the day, and he was working harder than i was. i think presidents do have this understanding that they need to deepen and find broader ways to get the understanding, they're not just reading options papers or memos from staff. they're looking for different sources of information, different perspec
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Dec 29, 2011 8:00pm EST
did not ask for money to get involved with libya. plans are being made to go into syria. they did not ask for designation there. congress should act on their own responsibilities. >> this is julio. not deliver these powers to the executive branch. >> i am here in chicago. always great to speak with you. i studied broadcasting in college, just to see the lack of a journalistic integrity from small-time bloggers. chris wallace of fox news saying if ron paul were to win the iowa caucus -- i hope people truly do their own research. turn off the tv and do their own research on candidates. it is clear by the way they have been attacking you, congressman paul, there's no journalistic integrity through the media. in terms of the economic war -- i'm 22 years old and investing in silver. i did research on john f. kennedy's executive order and when you talk about going back to the gold standard -- but the price of gold per ounce. silver, $30 an ounce. how can we get our currency back to where was? i going back to a gold standard? -- by going back to a gold standard? >> you cannot too quickly
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